Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)
The AFCS can be accessed by any veteran or serving personnel with a service-related condition or injury on or after 6th April 2005 regardless of whether it occured in connection with hostilities.
The AFCS can be claimed while in active service.
Find out about the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme on the Veterans UK website.
War Pension Scheme (WPS)
The WPS includes the War Disablement Pension and can be accessed by any veteran with a service-related condition or injury before 6th April 2005 regardless of whether it occured in connection with hostilities.
This WPS can only be claimed after discharge.
Find out about the War Disablement Pension on the Veterans UK website.
Veteran Welfare Service (VWS)
The VWS is provided by Veterans UK to support veterans, and their dependants, eligible to claim for the AFCS or War Disablement Pension. Help and guidance can be given through either telephone contact or dedicated visiting service.
Find out about the Veteran Welfare Service on the Veterans UK website.
The Service Personnel and Veterans Agency provide more information for those looking to seek compensation in their leaflet - Claiming for illness, injury or disease PDF (504KB)
All personnel on leaving the Services are offered an F Med 133 proforma summarising significant medical history, immunisation and screening status and current medication, for onward transmission to their civilian primary care practitioner.
Requests for personal data and service records of veterans’ will be provided by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on completion and return of the relevant forms. You must supply poof of identification when returning these forms. Records can be supplied to a healthcare provider on receipt of the veteran’s signed consent.
The Scottish Government provides information on initiatives and commitments regarding armed forces and veterans healthcare and priority treatments for veterans.
Citizens Advice Scotland
The Armed Services Advice Project (ASAP) is a service delivered by Citizens Advice Scotland to provide dedicated information, advice and support to members of the Armed Forces Community in Scotland.
You can call their helpline for free on 0808 800 1007 (Monday to Friday, from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM).
The following charities provide support for veterans and their families in the UK:
Find support for veterans in your area using our Support Services Directory.
The following sites provide a wide range of information and services for veterans:
Veterans UK - is the official website of the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency
Veterans Assist Scotland - is an online resource to help personnel and their families leaving the Armed Forces, veterans in need of support and members of the public looking for information on veterans organisations in Scotland.
The following publications provide information on veterans health for healthcare providers: